The first christening records of the Colenso family in this area were the christenings of three children in Mawgan in Meneage, their father was recorded as John.
William Calensoe, 23 May 1568
Peter Kelensowe, 29 June 1573
Katherine Calensoe, 5 June 1579
In the Cornwall Muster Roll of 1569 a John Calensow is listed as one of nine men furnished by Mr Vyvyan (of Trelowarren).
In the next seven decades there are several instances of a Calensoe man witnessing documents related to the Trelowarren Estate holdings and the following is a listing, made in December 1754, of deeds and leases related to the Vyvyans:
“Manor of Trelowarren; also Chyreen, Pellawin, Carleen, Relewas, Calensoe, Halriggy, Polgreen, Trelowarren Mills, land’s in St. Martin’s churchtown, Trewince, Rosewick, Gwendreath, Chycarne, Trevassack, Bojenow, Skiburriow, Skyburriow Mills, Bargwitha and Bolosack in St Mawgan-in-Meneage, St Martin in Meneage, St Keverne, Grade, Cury, Mullion, Wendron, Camborne, Helston”
To this day there is a cottage on the Trelowarren Estate called Colenso. It was probably a gamekeeper’s cottage and has remained largely unchanged with no electricity, telephone or water.
In 1600 William Calenso married Seblye Michell, daughter of John, in St. Martin in Meneage. The christening records (from the IGI) indicate that they had the following children:
Peter Callensow, 5 October 1605, St Martin in Meneage
John Calensow, 4 April 1607, St Martin in Meneage
Margaret Callensow, 21 September 1608, St Martin in Meneage
Grace Callensowe, 17 February 1610, St Martin in Meneage
Richard Kalensowe, 14 February 1612, Mawgan in Meneage
Wilmot Kalensow, 1 November 1615, Mawgan in Meneage
Johane Calensowe, 4 January 1614, Mawgan in Meneage
Anne Calensow, 18 March 1619, Mawgan in Meneage
Katherine Callensaw married Andrew Cornow in St Martin in Meneage in 1609.
The administration of John Cornow of St Martin in Meneage, granted in 1606, highlights a possible connection between this branch of the family and the Lelant branch. One of bondsman for the administration was James Calinsow, husbandman of Lelant. The inventory was taken by William Calenso and others.
Charitye Calensowe was christened in Constantine in 1631. She is also recorded as Paskowe, with her father William and mother Margery. She may have been the daughter of the elder William, or there may have been a son of this name born before Peter in 1605.
Margaret Calensow also had a daughter in 1635, called Gillian. Gillian later married Nicholas Robartes in St Keverne in 1657. They had three children. Margaret is recorded as paying the Poll tax in 1660 in St Keverne.
Grace married John Curtis in 1641 in St Keverne and died there in 1670. She had two sons.
Johane (or Joan) married Thomas Coade in 1657 in St Keverne.
Peter Callensow doesn’t appear to have married but the following facts indicate that he lived passed infancy:
9 April 1632 he witnessed the lease for the Manor Bray;
7 October 1632 he witnessed a Vyvyan moiety of Resparva;
1641 he signed the Protestation Return in Mawgan in Meneage.
The head of the Vyvyan family at this time was the first baronet, Sir Richard. He was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of Foot in the Hundred of Powder. He also set up the Mint for the Royalist forces and was made a baronet in 1664 as a reward for his services. As a “Vyvyan” man he may have left Cornwall or died during the Civil War.
Richard Kalensowe was also still around:
1641 he signed the Protestation Return in Phillack
1660 he paid the Hearth Tax in Mawgan in Meneage
1662 he paid the Hearth Tax in Landewednack
1689 a will was proven in Sithney
There is no
evidence that John (b.1607) survived infancy, but he may be the patriarch of
the family connected to Madron,
The original John may have been born in Uny Lelant and he may be the John Collynsowe who dies in Madron in 1586. Jane who is buried in Madron in 1607 may have been his wife. Unfortunately the will proven in Uny Lelant in 1591 has not survived and the records are too patchy during this era to support or disprove this speculation.